TERUEL – Spain’s Angel Madrazo claimed an improbable breakaway victory on stage five of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday, while Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez rode into the leader’s red jersey after finishing fourth.
The 171km stage, which contained three categorised climbs, started in L’Eliana on the coast, before finishing at the Javalambre Observatory nestled in the mountains of the inland Teruel province.
In the first of nine summit finishes in this year’s race, Madrazo, of Burgos-BH, was involved in a three-man breakaway alongside teammate Jetse Bol and Jose Herrada of Cofidis.
The Spaniard appeared in difficulty as the race progressed, losing the other two on numerous occasions, only to drag himself back into contention before the start of the final climb of the day, the 11km Alto de Javalambre, which peaks at 1 950 metres.
He was then dropped with four kilometres of the climb to go, yet improbably caught up with just over a kilometre remaining.